triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Definition of trivia 

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

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Genius has partnered with Spotify Technology SA since 2016 for the service’s Behind the Lyrics feature, which offers some lyrics and music trivia for around 3,500 songs, out of tens of millions total on the service. Anne Steele, WSJ, "Apple Music Lyrics Smarten Up With Genius," 11 Oct. 2018 Quiz yourself on these regal trivia questions and score your answers below. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: How Well Do You Know the History of the Royal Family?," 7 Aug. 2018 Don’t be afraid to have fun by posting interesting links, or asking trivia questions. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The 8-year-olds hacking our voting machines," 4 Aug. 2018 In the beer garden, DJ Tone Def will be hosting music trivia beginning at 9 p.m., so gather up a team for the chance to win prizes. Nikki Delamotte,, "Great Lakes Brewing Co.'s tasting room to become one-night vinyl record shop," 7 May 2018 The ground rules are fairly straightforward: Three contestants, all of whom must carry some college debt, go head-to-head on a series of trivia questions, including a few related to education. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "New game show 'Paid Off' offers chance to eliminate student loan debt," 10 July 2018 The trivia answer: Gus Williams' Seattle SuperSonics edging Phoenix on a huge Game 7 from Jack Sikma, and Elvin Hayes' Washington Bullets rallying from 3-1 down to survive San Antonio. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Why the Rockets and LeBron's Cavaliers have both NBA series headed to Game 7s | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 With no baby inside, searchers followed a trail from the car of personal items that included baby formula, a diaper bag, children’s trivia cards, and eventually a baby carrier. Jeff Truesdell,, "Montana 'Miracle' Baby: Suspect Allegedly Buried Boy in Mountains Because He Was 'Very Heavy'," 11 July 2018 Throwing out some facts, figures and other trivia ahead of next Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic. Ed Barkowitz,, "Baseball All-Star Game rosters, TV, streaming info, stats and some Phillies' history," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details

: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ˈtri-vē-ə \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known

Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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